Full Moon Blessings


May the Snow Moon in Virgo bring you 
the peace and joy that is found in Nature.

(Lassen Volcanic National Park, Getty Images)

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Hymn to Aphrodite


"I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus. There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam, and there the gold-filleted Hours welcomed her joyously. They clothed her with heavenly garments: on her head they put a fine, well-wrought crown of gold, and in her pierced ears they hung ornaments of orichalc and precious gold, and adorned her with golden necklaces over her soft neck and snow-white breasts, jewels which the gold-filleted Hours wear themselves whenever they go to their father's house to join the lovely dances of the gods. And when they had fully decked her, they brought her to the gods, who welcomed her when they saw her, giving her their hands. Each one of them prayed that he might lead her home to be his wedded wife, so greatly were they amazed at the beauty of violet-crowned Cytherea."
Homeric Hymn, trans. Evelyn-White; artwork: 'Mirror of Venus'  by Walter Crane)
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Happy Brigid's Day


You are a woman of peace.
You bring harmony where there is conflict.
You bring light to the darkness.
You bring hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all Goddess has made.
Brigid, you are a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us,
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body, and spirit.
Adapted from a Prayer to St. Brighid
Solas Bhríde Community, Kildare, 1997
(© art by Susan Falcon-Hargraves Fine Art & Design)

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Happy Full Moon

Blessings of the Wolf Moon in the sign of Leo.
May She clearly light your way in all forms of darkness.

(© art by Soaring Anchor)

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"Heaven and Earth are one; 
there is no barrier between them.
The High Heavenly Plain is the high heavenly plain
which covers all countries of the world,
and the Sun Goddess is the goddess who reigns in that heaven,
casting her light to the very ends of heaven
and earth and for all time.
There is not a single country in the world
which does not receive her beneficent illuminations;
This Goddess is the splendor of all splendors."

(Quote by Motoori Norinaga, 1771; 19th century woodblock of Amaterasu emerging from her cave by Shunsai Toshimasa.)

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News: Statue found in Mexican citrus grove

From the article:
"Farmers digging in a citrus grove near Mexico’s Gulf coast have found a striking, six-foot-tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess, or some mixture of the two, experts said Friday. The National Institute of Anthropology and History said it was the first such statue found in a region known as the Huasteca. The carved woman has an elaborate hairpiece and marks of status, and may date to around 1450 to 1521, the institute said. While the site where it was found is nearer to the pre-Hispanic ruin site of El Tajín, the statue shows some influences of the Aztecs."

(© photo Associated Press)


Hymn to Tethys


"Tethys I call, with eyes cerulean bright,
hid in a veil obscure from human sight;
Great ocean's Empress, wandering through the deep,
and pleased with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose blessed waves in swift succession go,
And lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the sea serene to play,
In ships exulting and the watery way.
Mother of Venus, and of clouds obscure,
Great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my prayer,
And make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosperous breeze,
And waft them safely over the stormy seas."

(Tethys mosaic, Antakya Museum, Antioch; Orphic Hymn, trans. T. Taylor)
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Full Moon Blessings


May the "Long-Night's Moon" bring the 
promise of harmony and healing to all, 
including the Earth Mother and Her children.

(© 'Gaia' by Josephine Wall)

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Winter Solstice

Happy Solstice!  
May you find peace and hope in the newborn light.

(© art by Vestia Von Geist)

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Blessings on Her Feast Day

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who was also honored as Tonantzin (the Earth Mother), by the Nahuan.  

(© art by Shelley Bredeson)

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Full Moon Blessings


Blessings of the Frost Moon in Gemini! 
May the penumbral lunar eclipse bring
gentle and beneficial changes to all.

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Iroquois Prayer of Thanks

We return thanks to our Mother, the Earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes,
which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our Grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the Sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of all.

Traditional Iroquois

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News: Goddess Figurines and Plaque found


From the article:

"Statuettes of the ancient Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter have been discovered in Anapa, a town in Russia.  The excavation was carried on the western outskirts of the ancient Greek city of Gorgippia that was there in the 4th-2nd century B.C.  'Among the objects the archaeologists found were two complete clay figurines of Persephone, daughter of the fertility goddess Demeter. We also found a one-sided bust of Demeter herself next to two red clay pots in the same oven.  Another interesting find, which was made nearby, is a reused dedicated relief in the center of which is depicted the goddess Kyveli sitting on a throne with a lion in her arms. On both sides are the figures of the messenger of the gods Hermes and Hecate, protector of magic and sorcery, with two torches in her hands. Such a plaque could be installed near an important public building or temple.  This is the best limestone relief with such a scene known in the Bosporus.' "

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(© photo IIMK RAS)